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Putting the Lab Report Together

Activity Description/Rationale                                                          

This lesson will describe how to compile the entire report.

NYS/CCL Standards (Content Knowledge, IAD)


Goals: Process Skills (Basic & Integrated) and Attitudes/ (Enduring Understandings & Essential Questions)

The goal of this lesson is to get students to understand transitional sentences between segments.

Universal Design for Learning/Differentiation

Class will cover examples for students from their actual work, helping them to better see how to modify their writing. In addition, this should be tailored to their ability level, making it easier for them to relate.


Examples of sections written by students, maintain anonymity.


Estimated Length of Activity:

One class period. 45-50 minutes.


The segments of the report should be completed at this point in time. Including the abstract.

Activity Instructions:

(5-10 minutes) Go over the powerpoint that depicts everything the students should have included in their final reports.

(15-20 minutes) Have examples of student writing that are lacking transition, and those with strong transitions, to show to the class. You want them to see that although each segment was written separately, they should all tie together, rather than remain as standalone segements. If a reader were to read one section all by itself, they should at least understand the concept behind the experiment, and ideally have a sense of the hypothesis.

(15-20 minutes) For the remainder of the class have students peer edit their Abstracts, which should have been submitted today. They can use corrections over the week while compiling their final report for submission.


The corresponding assignment is a completed final draft of the lab report, to be submitted at the end of the week (if following lesson module calendar)

Assessment and Reflection

Assessment will be based on in class discussions, and ultimately on completed lab report.

Instructor’s Notes:

This is the last instructional lesson for the lab report. It may be helpful to have a mock lab report up in the class for students to see, and/or to have the rubric and sections of a lab report handout that were distributed at the beginning of the assignment posted for easy reference.